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I Served the King of England by Bohumil Hrabal
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Jul 14, 2012

really liked it

I don't read much fiction these days, but when I do, I often go for or back to Hrabal. Even though Kundera is probably the best known Czech writer (and another favorite) Hrabal is considered the grandaddy. They cover many of the same themes — communism, relationships, sex — but their styles couldn't be more different. Hrabal reminds me of Hemingway via Bukowski — short, boozy and punchy. But he also mixes in a dream-like quality, where implausible things are made to seem commonplace.

This was my first read of Hrabal and probably still my favorite. I've read that much of what makes Hrabal so great is lost in the translation. I'll never know but the english translation of I Served the King of England nails that dreamy chance-happenings quality. This book will make you start thinking about booking a trip to Prague.
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